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Old 12-11-2010, 01:57 AM   #1
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I'd like to move over to electric brewing some time in the near future. How much am I looking at for a simple build. I already have a standard keg that I converted into a simple keggle and a 7.5 gallon keg that I converted into a simple keggle. I'll probably buy another full size keg so I can do 10 gallon batches as well. I already have a coleman 52qt mash tun as well. Does anyone have any diagrams / cost estimates for starting a simple electric build? The main reason I plan on going electric is to save on money by eliminating propane in my brewing and taking advantage of the fact that I don't pay electricity bills in base housing. I don't need any fancy pumps, but if it can be done on the cheap then I'm open to it. If anything I'd like to maybe do a slow build and maybe start with converting my boil kettle into an electric one, then the kettle for my water, and just utilize the cooler mash tun I already have.

Any ideas?
How much am I looking at?
Parts list?
diagrams?

I used to be an electrical apprentice so I'm capable of doing my own wiring as well for any items needed.

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Check out the pic in post # 25 below:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/moun...92/index3.html

The simplest approach is to size the elements to achieve a nice boil and use them at 100% w/ no controller. I would guess, two 1500w elements for 5 gallon batches, and perhaps 2 @ 2000w for ten gallons.

If you want to use 240v, then you can use 1 element...either way use a gfi.

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I'd like to move over to electric brewing some time in the near future. How much am I looking at for a simple build. I already have a standard keg that I converted into a simple keggle and a 7.5 gallon keg that I converted into a simple keggle. I'll probably buy another full size keg so I can do 10 gallon batches as well. I already have a coleman 52qt mash tun as well. Does anyone have any diagrams / cost estimates for starting a simple electric build? The main reason I plan on going electric is to save on money by eliminating propane in my brewing and taking advantage of the fact that I don't pay electricity bills in base housing. I don't need any fancy pumps, but if it can be done on the cheap then I'm open to it. If anything I'd like to maybe do a slow build and maybe start with converting my boil kettle into an electric one, then the kettle for my water, and just utilize the cooler mash tun I already have.

Any ideas?
How much am I looking at?
Parts list?
diagrams?

I used to be an electrical apprentice so I'm capable of doing my own wiring as well for any items needed.
I would recommend starting by reading this sticky.....

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/electrical-primer-brewers-145019/

then a few builds on here most notably

KAL's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/how-build-control-panel-part-1-a-199643/

Tiber Brew's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/electric-brewery-plans-need-help-183775/

Gabrew's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/need-help-my-electrical-diagram-202312/

Also look at Ohio-Ed's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/got-welder-now-fun-begins-210449/

If you can't find what you need or are looking for in those threads something is wrong these guys are the heat....pun intended...when it comes to electric brewing....I will be doing my own eHERMS build soon too. There are many more but check out their work to see what right looks like....money it all depends on your imagination, resources, and what you want in the end!!!! All the best. RLTW
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:23 AM   #4
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Here is another good thread too...

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/my-electric-build-finally-206711/

And yet one more too...

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f...-build-147021/

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First, thanks for the compliments, WAORGANY.

Second, most builds here (including mine) can be done for much cheaper if you don't worry about cosmetics as much or exclude some "luxury" features, such as using cheaper switches, cheaper enclosures, etc... When you consider the bare basics for what you need to brew with electricity, and basic safety features, it can be done on a reasonable budget.

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First, thanks for the compliments, WAORGANY.

Second, most builds here (including mine) can be done for much cheaper if you don't worry about cosmetics as much or exclude some "luxury" features, such as using cheaper switches, cheaper enclosures, etc... When you consider the bare basics for what you need to brew with electricity, and basic safety features, it can be done on a reasonable budget.

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I would recommend starting by reading this sticky.....

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/electrical-primer-brewers-145019/

then a few builds on here most notably

KAL's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/how-build-control-panel-part-1-a-199643/

Tiber Brew's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/electric-brewery-plans-need-help-183775/

Gabrew's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/need-help-my-electrical-diagram-202312/

Also look at Ohio-Ed's

http://http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/got-welder-now-fun-begins-210449/

If you can't find what you need or are looking for in those threads something is wrong these guys are the heat....pun intended...when it comes to electric brewing....I will be doing my own eHERMS build soon too. There are many more but check out their work to see what right looks like....money it all depends on your imagination, resources, and what you want in the end!!!! All the best. RLTW
I'm thinking you may want to change the last link in your post to:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/ele...estion-153310/
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